The Ruston Police Department (RPD) is significantly understaffed, so much so that vacations scheduled after July 17 must be approved on a case-by-case basis, according to a memo sent to RPD officers July 5.
From the document sent by Deputy Chief Gerald Jenkins:
Due to recent manpower issues, all vacation requests scheduled to begin after July 17, 2016, will be reviewed and approved/denied on a case by case basis, regardless of the date the request was submitted.
See here the memo.
Another city official told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) that, “they are short-handed.”
Sources have told LPNO that several officers have gone to work for other area sheriff’s offices that pay more.
Last year, the RPD budget was cut about $20 thousand, while the city’s executive department enjoyed a $300 thousand boost.
Budget planning for fiscal year 2017 is underway now, sources say. The new budget is customarily adopted at the September meeting, and goes into effect October 1.